Womenswear chain Joseph has appointed Sara Ferrero as chief executive.

Ferrero has been brought in to focus on the group’s international development and business expansion. She joins from Italian accessories business Furla.

Ferrero said: “I am incredibly excited to have been given this opportunity, I have admired Joseph since the early 1990s, when I lived in London. I really believe that Joseph has fantastic potential; it has a unique mix of brand equity, positioning and retail structure.”

Jospeh operates 44 stores across the UK, France and the US. It has a turnover of£64 million.